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Sacred Harp and other books in four shape notation were the forerunners of seven shape note gospel music . According to the Handbook of Texas , "The first Texas community singing using the seven shape note tradition reportedly occurred in the latter part of December 1879. Itinerant teachers representing the A. J. Showalter Company of Dalton, Georgia – including company founder A. J. Showalter – ventured west to Giddings in East Texas and conducted a rural music school that lasted for several weeks." Texas has been home to several gospel music convention publishers, including the National Music Company, Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Company (founded in 1924 by V. O. Stamps , who later partnered with J. R. Baxter ), and the Stamps Quartet Music Company (founded by Frank Stamps). Convention gospel music and community singings still occur in a number of Texas towns, including Mineral Wells , Brownfield , Jacksonville , Seymour , and Stephenville .

Willie Nelson, as pictured on the cover of the 2003 release Essential Willie Nelson. His "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" comes in at no. 4 on the list. hide caption